The 2020 Dubai World Cup Carnival program will be held at Meydan Racecourse over 10 weeks, including nine consecutive Thursday evenings from Jan. 2 through Feb. 27, before culminating with the Super Saturday card on March 7.
A dress rehearsal for the $35-million Dubai World Cup meeting — the world’s richest race day — Super Saturday will feature seven World Cup prep races. Total prize money for the 10 nights of the 2020 DWC Carnival is $12,740,000.
The 2019 renewal saw horses from Australia, Denmark, France, Ireland, South Korea, Sweden, Turkey, UK, and the U.S. ship in to win or place in races.
The historic 25th edition of Dubai World Cup day will be staged three weeks after the DWC Carnival on March 28 and is topped by the world’s richest race, the $12 million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline.
The $350,000 Dubai City of Gold at about 1 ½ miles on turf, which has produced Dubai World Cup night winners the past two seasons, will receive a $50,000 increase in purse, which raises Super Saturday to $2.7 million in total prize money. The 2019 Super Saturday card produced three of the nine Dubai World Cup night winners, including Thunder Snow, who contested the $600,000, Group 1 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3.
The $250,000, Group 2 Singspiel Stakes, won the last two seasons by subsequent Group 1 winners, receives an increase in purse and upgrade in status, while six $175,000 turf handicaps have been upgraded to listed stakes status (base rating of 95) and each complement a natural flow of divisional races within the DWC Carnival.
The Dubai Racing Club Classic will be contested at about 1 ½ miles on opening night, Jan. 2, and will naturally lead into the aforementioned Dubai City of Gold. On the same evening, the seven-furlong Meydan Challenge naturally leads to the $250,000, Group 2 Al Fahidi Fort — a race that has produced multiple Dubai World Cup night winners — three weeks later. The 1 ¼-mile Zabeel Turf on Jan. 16 will feed naturally into the $200,000, Group 3 Dubai Millennium on Feb. 20, while the five-furlong Dubai Dash is a prep for the $250,000, Group 2 Meydan Sprint on Feb. 20 — a race the world’s current co-top-rated sprinter, Blue Point, contested the last two seasons. Turf sprinters looking for an extra furlong have an option two weeks later on Feb. 6, the Dubai Sprint over six furlongs, which preps for Super Saturday’s $350,000, Group 3 Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint. Lastly, the Meydan Cup on Jan. 30 over the marathon 1 ¾-mile distance will be a launching point for stayers looking to contest the $300,000, Group 3 Nad Al Sheba Trophy on Feb. 27.
Among its 61 Thoroughbred fixtures, the DWC Carnival will host two Group 1s, 10 Group 2s, 10 Group 3s, and 10 listed stakes races, along with four Purebred Arabian pattern races made up of three Group 1s and one Group 2.
Twenty-three non-listed handicaps will start with a 90 rating and prize money ranging from $135,000 to $175,000, while six $100,000 conditioned affairs for sophomores enrich a program that already includes the $250,000 United Arab Emirates One Thousand Guineas, $250,000 UAE Two Thousand Guineas, $250,000 UAE Oaks, $175,000 Meydan Classic, and $350,000 Al Bastakiya.